When it comes to fruits and vegetables, it can be difficult for us dog owners to remember what they can share with their doggy best friends and which ones could prove fatal. So, where do cranberries come into this? Can dogs eat cranberries? The answer is yes, but also no. Sounds confusing, right? Let’s take a closer look.
Cranberries are not toxic to dogs when fed in moderation, they are generally considered safe and possibly even have some health benefits for our dogs, however, as with many human foods, cranberries do come with potential risks for dogs.
Are Cranberries Safe for Dogs to Eat?
Cranberries and dried cranberries are safe to feed to dogs in small quantities, however, if your dog will like this funny tasting treat is a whole different question. Either way, moderation is extremely important when feeding cranberries to dogs, as with any treat. Too many cranberries can lead to an upset stomach and dried cranberries sometimes come mixed with other dried fruits, like raisins. Raisins are extremely toxic to dogs, and even a few can cause severe problems for small dog breeds.
Can Dogs Eat Cranberry Sauce?
Cranberry sauce is generally considered safe for dogs when fed in small quantities, although there are some additional risks involved. Cranberry sauce is high in sugar, this can cause gastrointestinal upset, and some recipes include grapes, raisins, or currants, these are extremely toxic to dogs. Recipes that use brandy are also problematic, as alcohol is toxic to dogs, as well. Feeding plain cranberry sauce in small quantities is probably safe for your dog, however, it is a good idea to monitor your dog after feeding any new food item for signs of intestinal upset or allergic reaction.
While Cranberries are generally considered safe when fed in moderation, you may want to consider other fruits and veggies that have more benefits for dogs and fewer risks. (win-win!) Check out this list of fruits and vegetables that are safe for dogs or talk to your vet or pet nutritionist about the best options for your dog’s health.